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The Ambassador who worked from Nairobi bathroom to avoid State Dept. IT


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 07:48 PM

I just found this story and wanted to share it with you. This story proves no matter how much an IT dept tries to secure a PC or network, There is nothing you can do to avoid the end user interaction.

 

 

 

The current scandal roiling over the use of a private e-mail server by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is just the latest in a series of scandals surrounding government e-mails. And it’s not the first public airing of problems with the State Department’s IT operations—and executives’ efforts to bypass or work around them. At least she didn’t set up an office in a restroom just to bypass State Department network restrictions and do everything over Gmail.

However, another Obama administration appointee—the former ambassador to Kenya—did do that, essentially refusing to use any of the Nairobi embassy’s internal IT. He worked out of a bathroom because it was the only place in the embassy where he could use an unsecured network and his personal computer, using Gmail to conduct official business. And he did all this during a time when Chinese hackers were penetrating the personal Gmail inboxes of a number of US diplomats.

 

The Ambassador who worked from Nairobi bathroom to avoid State Dept. IT

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